Sarah Colt


Sarah Colt is an independent documentary filmmaker who has been working in public television for nearly two decades.  Most recently, she directed and produced Walt Disney, a four-hour biography, which aired in September 2015 on PBS’s national history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Prior to Walt Disney, she wrote, directed, and produced Henry Ford for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and A Nation Reborn and A New Light for FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s special series God in America. In 2009 two of her films aired on PBS: The Polio Crusade, a one-hour program about the development of the polio vaccine for PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Geronimo, also aired in 2009 as part of PBS’s special series on Native American history, We Shall Remain.

Before starting her own company, Colt worked for David Grubin Productions, where she produced the highly acclaimed biography RFK, and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Science, Nature, and Technology for co-producing The Secret Life of the Brain, a five-part series. Some of her other producing credits include Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm, Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith, and Young Doctor Freud.  In 2004 Colt was awarded an International Reporting Project Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Namibia to report on the racial imbalance of land ownership in Southern Africa.

Colt attended Harvard University where she began her documentary career as a still photographer and earned several prizes for her work, including a Radcliffe Traveling Fellowship that sent her to Zimbabwe for a year.

Helen Ryan Dobrowski


Helen Ryan Dobrowski has worked with Sarah Colt for over eight years, most recently co-producing Walt Disney (broadcast in September 2015) and Henry Ford. Her previous projects with Sarah Colt Productions include episodes three and four of God in America and The Polio Crusade. She has been involved in the research, fundraising, and production of the Co-op City project since its inception, and has also worked as a freelancer specializing in archival and content research and interview shoot planning and production for Boston-area producers. Dobrowski came to Sarah Colt Productions from Boston College, her alma mater, where she worked in University Advancement Marketing and Communications. In 2005, Helen was awarded the Costa-Gavras Social Justice Award for her work with Film Studies chair and professor John Michalcyzk on a segment of his series on disabilities titled I’m In Here.

Annie Wong


Annie Wong is New York City-based Emmy-award winning director and producer of documentary films.

Her career started at WGBH-TV, the PBS flagship in Boston, first with NOVA and the series Health Quarterly. In addition to PBS, her work has been shown on National Geographic TV, the Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E and the Sundance Channel. The subject matter of her work is just as diverse – covering science, history, criminal justice and investigative journalism. From producing for the Academy Award-winning French documentary team Denis Poncet and Jean Xavier DeLestrade on Sin City Law, an 8-part cinema verité series, to directing the educational PBS/Annenberg series Invitation to World Literature which featured artists and writers such as Phillip Glass and Arundhati Roy, to developing and directing the 13-part historical series American Revolution for History Channel, and most recently producing on PBS FRONTLINE’S Being Mortal, focusing on the work of surgeon and writer Dr. Atul Gawande, Annie has enjoyed a career which has encompassed the many styles and genres of documentary filmmaking.

She won an Emmy in 2002 for the PBS series, The Secret Life of the Brain, as well as the Independent Documentary Association award for Best Series with Sin City Law. 

Michael Haviland

Associate Producer

Michael Haviland is a New York City-based producer and writer of non-fiction television and digital content. A graduate of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Mike began his career at WGBH-TV in Boston, where he worked on lifestyle series and concert specials for PBS. Since then, Mike has written and produced programming for Investigation Discovery, National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel and CNN. He’s also produced digital content for brands and organizations such as the American Lung Association, Canadian Pacific Railway, Comcast, Trojan and Lambda Legal. A storyteller at heart, Mike joins the production team as AP on The Gilded Age.

Alexandra Singer


Alexandra has worked on numerous documentary films as an associate producer, archival researcher and licenser. She has worked on television programs produced for PBS, A&E, the History Channel, and National Geographic, including Season 3 of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” and The History Channel’s “Roots: A History Revealed.” Alexandra is excited to join Sarah Colt Productions as Archivist on the upcoming AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film about the Gilded Age, which will give her the opportunity to explore her passion for historic photos of New York City.

Cleo Nevakivi-Callanan

Production Assistant

Cleo Nevakivi-Callanan is a recent honors graduate who majored in history and political science at Wiliams College. She has previously worked on research and content analysis for C&G Partners and Sesame Workshop, as well as early childhood education at the Williams College Children’s Center and Williamstown Elementary School. Cleo won the award for “Best Original Research” for her senior thesis on child evacuees during World War II and is interested in a wide range of topics including American politics, modern European history, and social justice. Cleo joins the production team as the PA on The Gilded Age.

Helen K.C. Yung


Helen Yung, an independent production accountant, brings to the team over 15 years of production experience.  She has worked on all aspects of budget creation, monitoring, tracking, final project cost reconciliation and analysis, and the application of MA Film Tax Credits for various made-for-television and cable programming produced for WGBH, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The History Channel, A&E and various independent productions with funding from NEH, ITVS, LPB and PBS.